I've known Bel Shapiro - founding owner of The Bell & Brisket - for a number of years and all the while I've stayed a fan of her "seriously pimped up salt beef bagels" made with hand brined beef.
It's that time of the year when we really can't kid ourselves that it's still summer. The leaves are changing colour and the scent of wood smoke is in the air (inside and out at our house). It's been raining hard and there's a definite drop in temperature. The perfect excuse, then, for a warming and comforting risotto.
There is no morality to food. It is sustenance, joy, sharing, culture, and just plain fun. We were given taste buds and pleasure centres in our brains for a reason. And bodies that live, breathe, play, and love.
If you go to the Uffizi gallery (which houses ACTUAL Da Vinci), book early, book before you leave the country, book before you even know if you're going to Florence! No, but really. Do book early.
To those who are visiting, just arrived or who are long-term Edinburghers looking for some new places to add to your own collection, here are my top café spots in the Meadows (around the University of Edinburgh) - a lush green park in the city.
A marriage is not a wedding day. When you've had your first massive married row you really won't care about whether you had live goldfish on the tables (yep, I used to work at a wedding venue as a waitress, I have seen it all, including bridesmaids and grooms doing unmentionable things behind the bins.
My fridge is still filling up with courgettes from the garden. As anyone who grows them knows, they're like dinner guests who just don't know when to give up and go home, welcome when they first arrive but eventually a bit of a yawn.
There's also a common misconception that using seasonal produce will limit your choice. In fact, there are a huge variety of crops harvested at different times throughout the year; it's simply a question of adjusting shopping and cooking habits accordingly.
Madrid was littered with rookie mini break errors. We have just booked Rome. Rome will be different. We will ace Rome. And until Rome I will mostly be eating this soup. Because I really want to look slim and chic in Rome and I reckon this is a delicious way to get there.
Okay, okay so my husband thought these brownies were horrible, how rude! However, the kids and I really enjoyed them (honestly) you can absolutely detect the sweet potato, which is unusual but I like it a lot.
Lentils are of course incredibly good for us. One of the world's healthiest food, they're packed full of cholesterol-lowering fibre and are an excellent source of protein, vitamin B with virtually no fat too!
Over the colder months, it's important to stay warm and fend off the threat of colds and flu by providing your body will all the right nutrients. So I have put together some warming recipes you can enjoy.
Whilst more snuggle time is lovely, it doesn't always help you feel better. You and your children need exercise and fresh air to feel energised and time outdoors in daylight is very important for beating winter blues and helping tackle SAD. So how can you fight that urge to hibernate and keep those kids active outdoors instead?
Often, people don't realise that organic is free range by nature, and farmers provide their animals with the highest quality of life possible and support our environment by providing natural habitats for wildlife. So the decisions you make when it comes to food are a simple but really powerful form of direct action and small changes really can make a big difference!
The festival is celebrating its 10th birthday this year and without it, I am convinced we wouldn't have the sheer number of quality food producers that amazed me when I first moved to Suffolk and continues to wow me today.
When I heard they were bringing Five Guys to the East Midlands I was ecstatic. It meant bringing my two favourite things to my doorstep: eating and pretending to be American. I couldn't shut up about it; I was rooting for the place big time.